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5 Ways Early Learning Educators Promote Auditory  Engagement

[fa icon="calendar'] April 26 at 12:47 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care, Teachers

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While many learning centers and classrooms focus on visual environments like decorations and displays, some other learning centers have increasingly focused on creating hearing, or auditory engagement in their classrooms as well.

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Doing Your Best to Avoid (or Reduce!) the Child Care Center Crud: 5 Questions to Ask your Child's Early Learning Center about Illness

[fa icon="calendar'] April 19 at 3:55 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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Has your child ever come home from their early learning center with the dreaded “child care center crud”?  

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4 Easy Science Activities For Your Older Early Learner

[fa icon="calendar'] April 12 at 3:9 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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Whew! There are some complicated science crafts out there! I quizzed my friends, co-workers, and relatives for the best and easiest science-related crafts that they do with their early learners.

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5 Ways to Introduce the Value of Money to Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] April 8 at 10:39 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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In my work with early learners to college students, I consistently find a knowledge gap with students—money. Although students in pre-kindergarten (and even some three-year-olds!) and older can identify pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, many struggle with the concept of money in the abstract.

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4 Emergency Situations to Plan for with Your Early Learner

[fa icon="calendar'] March 21 at 4:37 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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Does your child know what to do in different emergency situations? Each family plan for each situation is different, but whatever plan you choose, make sure both you and your child know it by heart. See below for four examples of emergency situations that your early learner should be prepared for.

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5 Ways to Reduce Risk Aversion in Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] March 16 at 12:14 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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In a world of almost constant supervision, protected playgrounds, and “be carefuls,” many children are developing what psychologists call “risk aversion.” Risk aversion is the avoidance of actions or opportunities that have the chance to create negative consequences.

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6 Reasons to Embrace Outdoor and Nature-Based Education

[fa icon="calendar'] March 7 at 10:1 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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In a world of ever-increased standardized testing, several early education professionals have come forward in favor of “outdoor-ification.” In other words, they believe that the indoor classroom limits the creativity and learning of students, particularly early learners. See below for six positive reasons to bring early learners outdoors!

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4 Situations Where Early Learners and Early Learning Education Saved Lives

[fa icon="calendar'] March 1 at 10:0 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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Does your early learner know what to do in an emergency? Although ideally there will always be an adult around to handle dangerous circumstances, sometimes unexpected situations arise. See below for four stories involving early learners saving lives in emergency situations!

 

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4 Ways Early Learning Center Workers Connect with and Support Parents

[fa icon="calendar'] February 17 at 10:20 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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(Adapted from Karen Miller's "The Dual Challenge: Meeting the Needs of Parents and Babies, "http://www.communityplaythings.com/resources/articles/2009/the-dual-challenge-meeting-the-needs-of-parents-and-babies)

 

Karen Miller's article, "The Dual Challenge: Meeting the Needs of Parents and Babies," discusses the importance of the relationship between the caregiver and the parents in the case of early learning education and child care. See below for four ways that your high-quality early learning educator should, and will, offer support for your early learner and your family.

 

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Using Playdough to Teach Your Preschooler Important Skills

[fa icon="calendar'] February 16 at 9:39 AM / by Beth Lobdell posted in Child care

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